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A trip to the city that never sleeps

I returned Friday evening from a four-day trip to New York. I had a group of nine people who flew out in the morning of July 14 from Memphis. After changing planes at Reagan National in Washington, we landed at LaGuardia in New York about 3:30 p.m. After checking into our hotel, we headed to […]

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BP settlement adds certainty to oil spill recovery

The 2010 Deep- water Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Five years later, the legal claims against BP have made history, too, with the nation’s largest-ever environmental settlement. The news is a major milestone for Mississippi. For the past five years, Gulf Coast states and the […]

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Speaking of Mississippi’s Toughest Kids

By Mary Kitchens, Mississippi’s Toughest Kids executive director. You have seen Katelyn’s smiling face in our Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation brochures and ads. Her parents, Donna and Levonne, are great supporters of the MTK Foundation, believing that Mississippi needs a camp facility for children like their precious Katelyn. This week Donna posted this message on […]

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Wicker encouraged by ‘Every Child Achieves Act’

By U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker School may be out for the summer, but lawmakers have an important assignment to complete in the coming days. A bill to reform America’s education system is headed to the Senate floor for the first time in eight years. Curbing federal overreach in the classroom There is bipartisan consensus that […]

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Opinions will wave long after the state flag issue dies down, so learn to tolerate them

The Confederate flag is seen by some as a symbol of hatred, and others see it as a symbol of heritage. Regardless of how anyone perceives it, he or she has an opinion about it. Like wildfire spreads, the topic of the flag, and the southern states still flying it, opened up a flood of […]

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Vanilla isn’t as exciting as Ben and Jerry’s, but it still tastes good

Like I typed in response to a text later on that night, it wasn’t the first time that day I heard a girl say she thought Caitlyn Jenner was prettier than she was. I once dated a girl who loved to keep up with the Kardashians, but I was usually in the other room watching […]

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Summer learning keeps minds sharp and helps tell a better host of stories

On the first day of school, there are always great stories to be told about the adventures of vacations, summer blockbusters and birthday parties to be told after students reunite with friends. Those ‘What I did on my summer vacation’ reports may be easy A’s, but so many tales of Gulf Shores all bleed into […]

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Property value is one thing, but the value of a neighbor is another

There’s no telling what direction the wind will blow weeds and seeds to set root and either grow to be invasive pests or vibrant fields of color. You just hope for the best for your own property. There’s no telling what direction other people’s job offers and dreams of settling down will take them and […]

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Cruising still seems to give us that “Good, Good, Good, Good Vibration”

Last Wednesday, people young and old paid no mind to the summer heat and staked claim to parking lots to watch thousands of car show-grade vehicles pass through town. The Hot Rod Power Tour, sponsored by Hot Rod Magazine, criss-crosses parts of the nation each year. Until last week, though, most people in Monroe County […]

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